Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism. Zen emphasizes experiential wisdom in the attainment of enlightment, self discipline, and meditation. Zen became a dominant sect. Buddhist teachings emphasize the need to stop manipulating things to be what we want them to be. The word Zen is from the Japanese pronounciation of the Chinese word Chán. The emergence of Zen as a distinct school of Buddhism was first documented in China in the 7th century CE. From China, Zen spread south to Vietnam, and east to Korea and Japan. The origins of Zen Buddhism are ascribed to the flower sermon. It is said that Gautama Buddha gathered his disciples one day for a Dharma talk. The Buddha silently held up and twirled a flower and twinkled his eyes; several of his disciple tried to interpret what this meant, though none of them were correct.

Zen is one of the Mahayana sects prevalent in Japan today. Zen is perhaps the most well-known school of Buddhism in America. Zen Buddhism teaches that all human beings have the Buddha - nature Zen rejects the study of sculptures, religious rites, devotional practices, and good works in favor of meditation lading to a sudden breakthrough of insight and awareness of ultimate reality. Its concepts have been influential on western society since the latter half of the 20th century. As the name Zen implies, sitting meditation in a core aspect of Zen practice. In Japanese its called, zazen. To regulate the mind, awareness is directed towards counting or watching the breath or put in the energy center below the navel. Zen Buddhism teaches many discipline and meditation.


Zazen - Seated meditation.

Disciples - A pupil, a student, one who receives the teachings or instructions of another.